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This Black Guy Drew What It Was Like Being The Only Black Man In A White Office In The 60s, And It’s Worse Than You Think

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There’s a lot of drama in the workplace, but probably only a handful of people have experienced it as much as the people of color who started entering predominantly white offices a few decades ago. Tom Floyd was born in Gary, Indiana in 1929 and operated his own advertising firm before working as a designer for the Inland Steel Company. There, his insights on racial dynamics were formed.

“As a ‘BLACK’ white collar worker having willingly and conscientiously taken an active part in America’s leading social pre-occupation… An experiment called ‘Integration’ … I feel compelled to assess my total experience and perhaps the experiences of other Blacks by saying…. ‘INTEGRATION IS A BITCH‘…,” Tom Floyd commented.

Floyd used his personal experience as the only black man working in a white environment in the 60s, showcasing the absurd reality he was forced to be a part of. The cartoonist was a proponent of meaningful racial understanding and cooperation. His comic series ‘Integration is a Bitch‘ was released in 1969, a time where the vast majority of works like it were rejected by publishers, too scared to deal with such a sensitive subject. Luckily, Floyd’s work managed to squeeze its way into the pressing machine, and people say it’s relevant even today.

welcome to industry

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hire some negroes.. Quick!

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Look, boss…. i got our image maker

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there is no need to write in your race on this application… just put… where you live…

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thank you! thank you!

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‘we are pledged to do all in our power to assure genuine equality of opportunity in employment…’

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in comparison with other bigoted companies, ABC engineering is very outstanding

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we do everything to make our employees happy here!

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race is unimportant at abc engineering

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we got three new employees….. 2 ones and 1 five

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hey, doc… here is a good heart donor prospect….

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well-we won’t be needing this anymore…..

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we felt that you would like a window with a view…..

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…and this is our negro!

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you will be our second attempt at integration

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now he has the wrong attitude…

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we’ve always had an outstanding integration record

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i don’t know what happened….. when you came they all moved

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what’s the code numbers for negroes?

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but, we thought he’d make you feel at home!

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hi ‘ya fellows!

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oh no fred….. he works here

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this is b. t. jones…. he is well liked here…

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soul brother….. i’m so glad you’re here….

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….now you speak in this and… and…

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what do you think about negroes in the street… i mean.. crime in the streets….?

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make sure that these pictures are sent to the black dispatch….. afro american news, etc.

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some negroes beat up my boy last night!

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why aren’t all negroes like ralph bunch?

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may i sit here or are you one of those black militants

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i made them with peanut brittle and nigger toes

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hi boss.. remember that problem that you couldn’t solve.. well i just…..

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if i told you a joke…. would you get offended?

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shh…. here he comes!

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file this…..

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what… you don’t like watermelon, george?

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we can’t give you a raise simply because you are colored…

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your report was good…. but…..

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…you’re the first colored fellow that he has ever seen….

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he’s got a knife!

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…and then this colored guy said…..

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i have nothing against negroes… some of my best friends are culturally deprived

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does he get a report too?

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let me show you how to do that!

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eh…. no seats

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no…. for the third time i don’t carry a knife!

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boy scout equip sale

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george… a cup of coffee, light on cream

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ya’ know,… i wouldn’t mind if a nice colored fellow like you would live next door to me

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you two probably know each other…..

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discrimination complaint…..? see mr. george brown

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george…. we have a treat for you…

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it’s brotherhood week

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rape!

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hooray…. alabama won!

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ya’ see… thay’re taking over….

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i’m discriminated against…… and i’m white

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let’s get one thing straight… you weren’t hired to solve engineering problems….

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illustration by Tom Floyd

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here are some of my kids old clothes… i thought that your kids could use them….

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…when i was young i belonged to a gang,… but, that was different…

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what’s this… a black power conference?

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you’re late, mr. brown!

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there were some cute colored kids on tv last night

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….now lets face it… if blacks were on top… they would treat whites the same inhumane way…..

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it’s st. patrick’s day….. where is your shamrock?

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have you seen my coin purse?

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we had a nice colored man cuttting our grass yesterday… and you know.. he didn’t steal a thing….

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still want to buy my house?

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i belong to the naacp… i send my daughter to an integrated school.. but… i still can’t see open housing

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boy… do you need a haircut!

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it’s a brilliant idea…. who helped you with it?

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Illustration by Tom Floyd

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one of your soul brothers beat me up last nite!

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maybe thay don’t serve people in sport coats…

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it will be a while before the neighbors get use to you!

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sorry… but all of the men are out of the office now.. could you call back later?

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now see here, george, somebody has to be low man on the totem pole

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if you think we mistreated you blacks… look how we did the indians

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how about a little luck… george?

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see…. here is proof that you deprived guys can make it

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i think george is trying to tell us something

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only at abc engineering could you find fringe benefits like this

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ya see….. they all can dance

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did you know him?

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for heaven’s sake, george…. tell them how well we treat you!

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this image report reads as follows…

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clap clap clap

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… ah… miss jones… i simply detest exhibitionism…

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don’t call him boy!

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ah…. did you know him?

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thats right, ali… hit him… knock his head off…

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average looking… what do you mean… my blond wife is average looking…

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the following words are never to be used when addressing a black person

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and here are some slides of my wonderful vacation in alabama….

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boo!

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maybe these waiters don’t like to be called boys

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and then this hillbilly said…….

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it’s black history week where is your dashiki?

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now in preparing good bar-b-cue….

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does this mean that you are not drinking coffee with us anymore?

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…for my reward in heaven……. why?

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good morning whitey

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7 more minutes of integration!

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bigots… extremists… and white racists…..

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i got this job because i’m colored. why?

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i just set integration back 150 years

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black power!

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…. now… i wonder what is bugging him..?

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